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Onion rings at the Rustic Inn in Fort Calhoun.

Hot Bites are compiled by food critic Sarah Baker Hansenfrom the past two months of dining reviews.


4950 Dodge St. 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $

Menu: The breakfast-focused cafe fills a void in Dundee: It's one of the only places serving meals early in the day.

Our take: The offerings at Dugger's are hearty, and the cafe is smartly focused on serving simple diner food in an atmosphere just upscale enough.

Try this: The veggie omelet featured flavorful, fluffy eggs stuffed with broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, mushrooms, onion, zucchini and asparagus cooked crisp-tender, all with a side of hot, crisp home fries.


120 Regency Parkway. 4 to 10 p.m.

Monday through Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. $$-$$$

Menu: Bonefish offers steaks, chops, chicken and burgers, but we stuck with seafood because it's the restaurant's specialty.

Our take: There's a broad and accessible menu, friendly staff and contemporary atmosphere, which may account for its popularity with families, couples and others.

The food, though, doesn't stand out.

Try this: Chilean sea bass was moist, tender and flavorful; crab cakes featured a generous portion of crabmeat.


316S. 15th St. 11a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.


Menu: The small-plate, sharing-focused menu takes lots of chances; almost all of them work.

Our take: Brussels sprouts, cheese and meat, ricotta and garlic, and smoked salmon, along with everything at brunch, were hits. A couple of menu items were marred by too much salt.

Try this: The restaurant's version of Baked Alaska, a throwback to be sure, arrived with a carrot cake base, a cardamom ice cream center and a torched meringue top. It's a well-done redux.


17903 Pierce Plaza. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. $

Menu: Interesting takes on Asian food, including some dishes we hadn't seen elsewhere.

Our take: Proteins-including duck, salmon, shrimp and beef — were high-quality and well-cooked. The fried and steamed dumplings were some of the best we've found.

Try this: The lemongrass dish with salmon arrived cooked to a tender flakiness surrounded by crisp vegetables and a thin, punchy sauce. Balanced with hints of basil and a touch of spice, it worked.


534 Main St., Plattsmouth. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday. $

Menu: Half Thai, half German is unusual, but here, it works.

Our take: The Thai dishes are the star of the show. They are subtly spiced, flavorful and balanced.

Try this: The texture of the pad Thai hit between creamy and rich, and the sauce nailed the balance of sweet, spicy, sour and salty.


3902 Farnam St. 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. $

Menu: Craft cocktails meet kitschy takes on bar food in a loungy but unpretentious atmosphere.

Our take: The owners have come up with a menu that strikes the tricky balance of food that works as well for lunch as it does for a midnight snack.

Try this: The sliders, including the banh mi and bird house, are great. Tot-Chos - tater tots masquerading as nachos - and the Big Frita burger, with its chorizo kick, egg and fried onions, are crowd favorites.

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